My name is David Gatti. I was born in Ely, Nevada to Mike and Judi Gatti. I am the youngest of three kids. We moved to West Valley City, UT when I was very young after the Kennecott mine in Ely closed down. My dad worked 16 hours a day, most days of the week, to provide for our family. Even with all of the work, he still made time to coach me in football, take us sledding, and packed all of my friends in the car to do donuts after my birthday parties. I have tried my whole life to be as good of a dad as the one I have. While I will never get there, I strive every day to get closer to the example he set.
I was involved in football as a young person. It was the love of this game that provided me with the best friends I could have ever asked for. My teammates on the gridiron have become my teammates in life. We have a lively group of friends that get together any chance we get to catch up. We are there for each other. We love each other. It is precisely this group of friends that fuels my desire for all people to experience community the way I did growing up.
For me, football was an extension of education. I loved football and I loved school. I got involved in high school. My involvement in school helped me excel in school. I chose to continue my education after high school at the University of Utah. I earned two bachelor's degrees: One in Health and one in Exercise Science. I went on to earn a master’s degree in Exercise Science while teaching middle school PE, Health, Math, and Science. Shortly after getting married, I decided that I needed to have a higher earning potential so I went to Southern Utah University where I earned my education administration endorsement. Shortly after, I was hired to be a high school administrator at Cottonwood High School. After a few years of being a high school administrator, and because of the constant encouragement of my mother, I went back to school and earned a Doctoral Degree in Education Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah. In the last year of my doctoral program, I was named the most outstanding doctoral student in the Education Department of the University of Utah. Literally everything I have achieved and earned in my adult life can be traced back to my love of education.
While sitting in a meeting with two parents at a parent-teacher conference, I was set up on a date with the woman who I would eventually marry. Brooke is my wife. Her little sister was a student body officer at the junior high where I taught. I was the advisor. Again, EVERYTHING I have in my adult life can be traced back to education. Our marriage has produced three great kids. Hunter, my oldest, just graduated from high school with a 3.99 cumulative GPA, a 30 on the ACT, and was named to the first-team all-state baseball team 3 years (only the 12th high school baseball player to do so in the last 25 years). My middle son Noah is going into his junior year. He also maintains a 3.95 cumulative GPA and was named a 1st team all-region baseball player in his sophomore year. My youngest is Grace. She is heading to Oquirrh Hills Middle School next year. She keeps us on our toes as she participates in youth cheerleading and runs around with a pack of little kids from our neighborhood who are a hoot to be around.
I have lived in Heritage Farms (the neighborhood just north of Riverton High School) for 15 years. We were the first house completed on the west side of 3200 west in the last phase of the development. As we bought during the housing crisis, we had a TON of room for our kids to make baseball diamonds in the circle and create playing spaces in all of the empty lots around our house. We have watched the neighborhood fill out with some of the most amazing people we could have ever asked for as neighbors. We lean on each other. We help each other. We help raise each other’s kids. Heritage Farms is a great example of the type of community I would like to see in all of Riverton.
As I stated above, I was a middle school teacher for eight years. I was then a high school administrator at Cottonwood High School for four years, Granger High School for five years, and Taylorsville High School for two years. I was named the Director of Transportation (think school buses) for the Granite School District and work in that capacity today. I have a wealth of experience with large public budgets and know how to create the free capital necessary to achieve long term goals. I have great experience working with personnel and staff to achieve strategic goals. Being on a city council would fit well with my skill set.